Haiti Earthquake, Three Years Later: Food For The Poor and Donors are Keeping their Promise

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A girl walks through the newly inaugurated Journey of Hope Village, outside Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Food For The Poor has built 3,668 two-room concrete block homes since the 2010 earthquake.

A girl walks through the newly inaugurated Journey of Hope Village, outside Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Food For The Poor has built 3,668 two-room concrete block homes since the 2010 earthquake.

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COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Jan. 10, 2013) – It’s been three years since a magnitude 7.0 earthquake devastated the epicenter of Haiti. Weeks following one of the deadliest natural disasters in recent history, the eyes of the world were focused on the Caribbean nation’s plight and so was Food For The Poor.  Since the 2010 catastrophe, the organization and its donors have built 3,668 permanent two-room concrete block homes with water and sanitation components for earthquake survivors.

By focusing on helping one person, one family and one village at a time, the international relief and development organization Food For The Poor has been able to keep its promise to help the Haitian people rebuild their lives.

“The road to recovery after a natural disaster is never easy, and it’s been especially difficult for Haiti. This earthquake destroyed so much, but it did not destroy the will to live or the desire for something better within its people,” said Robin Mahfood, President and CEO of Food For The Poor. “It’s true, progress can be slow, and some who have visited Port-au-Prince say nothing is being done. In spite of all the challenges, homes are being built and lives are being transformed.”   

Food For The Poor has been working in Haiti for more than 25 years.  Thanks to that experience, the organization has been able to work efficiently to help rebuild Haiti. Among the accomplishments since the earthquake:

  • Built and restored 20 schools in the Port-au-Prince region.
  • Shipped 1,487 containers of goods, which included food, hygiene items, medicines, medical supplies, household items, cleaning supplies, and construction supplies.
  • Installed 60 water filtration units that purify 600,000 gallons of clean water each day, and drilled 136 wells, that together, provide a safe water source for more than a million people.

 

More than 250,000 people died and 1.3 million were left homeless after the disaster. According to published reports, an estimated 300,000 people are still surviving in tents three years after the earthquake. With the help of dedicated donors, Food For The Poor is committed to building sturdy and secure homes for as many families as possible.  Click here www.foodforthepoor.org/haitirecovery to see a photo gallery of images of the ongoing recovery effort.  

Food For The Poor, named by The Chronicle of Philanthropy as the largest international relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance, with more than 96 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor. 

For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.

Contact:
Wanda Wright
Food For The Poor
Public Relations
954-427-2222 x 6079
wandaw@foodforthepoor.com